Arnold Schwarzenegger Fills Massive L.A. Pothole By Himself After Inaction By City
Tired of inaction by the city, Arnold Schwarzenegger took the job of filling a large neighborhood pothole into his own hands.
On Tuesday, the actor and former governor of California shared a video on Twitter in which he, with some assistance, can be seen using pre-packaged concrete to mend a road located in the tony Brentwood neighborhood.
Clad in a brown leather jacket and dark shades, the Terminator star channeled his former action-hero roles as he took to the streets to fix a problem disrupting the neighborhood.
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“Today, after the whole neighborhood has been upset about this giant pothole that’s been screwing up cars and bicycles for weeks, I went out with my team and fixed it,” Schwarzenegger posted on Twitter. “I always say, let’s not complain, let’s do something about it. Here you go.”
A spokesperson for Schwarzenegger, Daniel Ketchell, claims that fixing the pothole had been a request from locals for weeks, ever since its appearance after this past winter’s storms did a number on roads in the area.
In the video, a neighbor can be seen rolling down her window to thank Schwarzenegger for his work.
“You’re welcome,” he responded to the kind passerby. “You have to do it yourself. This is crazy. For three weeks I’ve been waiting for this hole to be closed.”
It seems that many have responded to the post, possibly relating to the commonplace frustration with local government. However, Elena Stern, a senior public information director for the Department of Public Works in Los Angeles, informed NBC News that the spot in which Schwarzenegger supplied relief was not a pothole, but a “service trench that relates to active, permitted work being performed at the location by SoCal Gas, who expects the work to be completed by the end of May.”
Just last week, Los Angeles Mayor Karen Bass (D) announced in a press conference the city’s plans to tackle the thousands of potholes created by the intense seasonal storms. Officials stated that as of April 6, crews had patched up no less than 17,549 potholes, out of 19,692 service requests for repairs that Los Angeles received since December 30.
“It’s more than an inconvenience,” Bass stated. “It’s also a financial burden. Our city is increasingly unaffordable, and these damages could mean missed days of work and unaffordable costs that create tradeoffs at home.”
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